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Old 05-19-2010, 01:15 PM   #1
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Egg storage - how long, how cold?

I am going camping in a week with 50 of my best friends and each year, I volunteer to cook breakfast on Sunday morning. I will need to pack 12 dozen eggs (maybe more, if there are lots of kids) and this year will have pack these eggs in coolers beginning on a Thursday. They take up a lot of space!

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How cold do I need to keep eggs prior to cooking?
Can I use dry ice in my coolers to cut down on ice replenishment issues? (will gas go though shells)

menu:
eggs cooked to order (will have lots of piquant bits for eggs)
corn tortillas
sliced ham
fruit
fresh hot cinnamon rolls

The menu is designed for easy, fast cooking in saute pans. Several folks have propane ovens in their campers, they have offered to bake pre-frozen cinnamon rolls after they have thawed and risen overnight.

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Old 05-19-2010, 01:27 PM   #2
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I'd be concerned that dry ice could freeze some of the eggs.

Eggs are often stored at room temperature but age much faster than if refrigerated. The National Egg Board site tells you eggs last 7 times longer if refrigerated.

If you chill them in a fridge then pack them into a cold cooler with ice they will stay cold for a couple of days, especially if you don't open the cooler.

Then if they sit in a slowly warming cooler for a day or two they should be fine.
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Old 05-19-2010, 02:38 PM   #3
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I've taken fresh eggs (& fresh meats) on 4-day camping trips packed in Coleman coolers with the usual complement of regular bagged ice & they've stayed cold just fine.
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Old 05-19-2010, 04:53 PM   #4
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Janet, can you crack a couple dozen into tupperware for the omelette crowd and just have a few dozen for the boiled and fried ones? Its much easier to keep a small container cold than all those eggs. It will also free up some space for you.
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Old 05-19-2010, 06:26 PM   #5
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Janet, can you crack a couple dozen into tupperware for the omelette crowd and just have a few dozen for the boiled and fried ones? Its much easier to keep a small container cold than all those eggs. It will also free up some space for you.
Do you think it's OK to have cracked eggs in questionable temps for that long? it would save some space tho....
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Old 05-19-2010, 06:30 PM   #6
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Sorry Alix, but I agree that to have the eggs as wholesome as possible, it's best to leave them in the shell. Once you crack them, you put yourself in the situation of having to keep them in the exact same temp as raw meat.

LEAVE THEM IN THE SHELL!!!!
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Do you think it's OK to have cracked eggs in questionable temps for that long? it would save some space tho....
I think you are likely going to be able to keep a small container much colder, much longer than you would eggs in the shell. Can you take along a thermometer?
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Old 05-19-2010, 07:29 PM   #8
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But the fact remains that eggs in the shell can still remain safe in warmer temps. Once you've taken them out of the shell, that safety shield is broken. There is a lot of evidence to prove this.

I strongly do NOT advise you break up your eggs beforehand. Do some research on your own to find out why I feel this way.
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I'm not arguing that at all Breezy. In fact, I agree. However, it is only logical to think that a smaller container can be kept at a lower temperature for longer in the conditions described by Janet.
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Instead of using bags of ice, try Ice packs. Make sure they have been frozen solid for a few nights. They work great for camping! They last alot longer than bagged ice- and you can reuse them! :)

I have taken eggs on camping trips, for over a week at a time. Keep the container that the eggs are in, in a shady cool place if its sunny/warm out. If there is a creek nearby, you can put the container in that(a rubbermaid tote works good), and put a few rocks on top to keep it down. Depends on the creek, etc. But all I have ever use are ice packs.
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